Hyundai reveals new coupe with unusal door arrangement at the Geneva motor show
1 March 2011

Hyundai will re-enter the affordable coupé market this year with the Veloster, shown for the first time in Europe at the Geneva motor show.

The new car has the unusual layout of a single door on the driver’s side and two conventional doors on the passenger side. Hyundai says this format is the same on both left and right-hand-drive models.

When it arrives in the UK, the Veloster will be “priced between the Renault Mégane Coupé and VW Scirocco”, according to Hyundai sources.

See the official pics of the Hyundai Veloster - now with added pics from the Geneva show

Hyundai insiders describe the car as mixing “the style of a coupé and the practicality of a hatch; we call it a utility coupé”. The styling of the final production version, which is undergoing final testing at Hyundai’s Namyang development centre, is close to the 2007 Veloster concept.

However, it now wears Hyundai’s new corporate nose, conventional rear lights and a hatchback. The interior has been completely rethought, though. It uses the same new centre console design — which combines the climate control and touch screen and is seen in this image — that will make its debut in Hyundai’s i40.

Taking cues from the Audi TT, the styling of the FS cabin is particularly impressive and benefits from notably high-quality materials. Sixty-five per cent of the FS’s body is constructed from very high-strength steels, an unusually high proportion for a mainstream model.

See spy pics of the Hyundai Veloster

Initially, the Veloster will be available with two different 1.6-litre engines. The more powerful unit is a 138bhp/123lb ft direct injection GDI motor, which comes hooked up to a six-speed manual gearbox.

The 130bhp/117lb ft engine uses conventional multi-point injection and is connected to Hyundai’s first dual-clutch transmission. Company engineers expect five to six per cent better economy than would be achieved with a manual ’box.

The Veloster will be offered with a range of upmarket options, including a premium sound system, keyless push-button starting, LED lighting and a panoramic sunroof.

See all the latest Hyundai reviews, news and video

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Lexus LC500
    Car review
    20 October 2017
    Futuristic Lexus LC coupé mixes the latest technology with an old-school atmospheric V8
  • Maserati Levante S GranSport
    First Drive
    20 October 2017
    Get ready to trade in your diesels: Maserati’s luxury SUV finally gets the engine it’s always needed
  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake TDV6
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The handsome Jaguar XF Sportbrake exhibits all the hallmarks that makes the saloon great, and with the silky smooth diesel V6 makes it a compelling choice
  • Volkswagen T-Roc TDI
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    Volkswagen's new compact crossover has the looks, the engineering and the build quality to be a resounding success, but not with this diesel engine
  • BMW M550i
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The all-paw M550i is a fast, effortless mile-muncher, but there's a reason why it won't be sold in the UK